27/01/2012

Driving for Work and Managing Speed

Speeding is the main cause of road traffic collisions, deaths and serious
injury. Loss of control of the driving task, and thus potentially of the
vehicle, arises when the demands of the driving task exceed the available
capability of the driver. As speed increases the task demand rises and the
driver's capability is reduced1.

Employers have a clear responsibility to reduce incentives to speeding and to
raise understanding of the serious consequences it can have.

A new report titled: Driving for Work Managing Speed is published as part of
the ETSC PRAISE project, Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety
of Employees. The 8th Thematic Report aims to offer employers insight into
managing speed. Speeding is the main cause of road traffic collisions, deaths
and serious injury. It examines the impact that speeding can have and presents
levels of compliance with speed limits for different road user types.

It focuses on management issues covering topics from journey planning to
payment schemes with advice on how such practices can help to manage speeding
in the work context. The Thematic Report also looks at what employers can do
from risk assessment of potential speeders and identification of training -
including eco driving synergies. The final part looks specifically at different
speed management technologies which can also be a useful additional tool in
managing speed. A policy mix is needed to effectively tackle speeding.

Part one looks at the impact that speeding can have and presents levels of
compliance with speed limits for different road user types. The second part
focuses on management issues covering topics from journey planning to payment
schemes with advice on how such practices can help to manage speeding in the
work context. The third part of the Thematic Report looks at what employers can
do from risk assessment of potential speeders and identification of training -
including also eco driving synergies - to the promotion of safer and more
economic driving. It also looks at what can be done to rehabilitate speeding
offenders. The final part looks specifically at different speed management
technologies which can also be a useful additional tool in managing speed.

A
policy mix is needed to effectively tackle speeding and this report aims to
present recommendations to reduce speeding across the board amongst those who
are driving for work.

More information:


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Transport Safety Council ETSC